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The Bubble of American Supremacy

by George Soros

As American and British troops prepare to invade Iraq, public opinion in these countries does not support war without UN authorization. The rest of the world is overwhelmingly opposed to war. Yet Saddam Hussein is regarded as a tyrant who needs to be disarmed, and the UN Security Council unanimously passed resolution 1441 which demanded that Saddam destroy his weapons of mass-destruction. What caused this disconnect?

Iraq is the first instance when the Bush doctrine is being applied and it is provoking an allergic reaction. The Bush doctrine is built on two pillars: first, the US will do everything in its power to maintain its unquestioned military supremacy and, second, the US arrogates the right to preemptive action.

These pillars support two classes of sovereignty: American sovereignty, which takes precedence over international treaties and obligations; and the sovereignty of all other states. This is reminiscent of George Orwell's Animal Farm : all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. To be sure, the Bush doctrine is not stated starkly; it is buried in Orwellian doublespeak. The doublespeak is needed because the doctrine contradicts American values.